After Hours

Cracking Open the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight

Nook GlowLight motherboard vs. standard Nook motherboard

As with the outer shell and battery, the circuit board is nearly identical to the one on the standard Nook. There's an 800 MHz TI OMAP processor, a 256MB mobile DRAM chip, a 2GB storage chip, a Jorjin Wi-Fi module, and Neonode's . Besides a few extra really small ICs and components, the only big difference, is a connector used for the GlowLight's LEDs.

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Dr. Solar
Dr. Solar

Surely there's a whole lot of prior art for lighting a display by putting an LED along the side. Like, most any cheap digital watch that has a light at all.


I looked at the Glowlight and the Simple Touch side by side in a BN store yesterday and got a good rundown from a knowledgeable manager. I didn't buy one -- as much because they were sold out as because I hadn't decided. This teardown article couldn't have been more timely. Nicely done. Thanks.